Anyone Can Play the NHL Loser Challenge

I’ve compiled a list of reasons why anyone can play the Overtime Central 2008 NHL Loser Challenge.

  1. You don’t need to know any players or their stats. Simply pick a team to lose from the teams playing that day.
  2. You don’t need to follow the NHL, the team’s records or win/loss streaks. The loser selection page shows up-to-date team standings and streaks, allowing for players without a regular NHL following to play without research.
  3. NHL parity (12 points separate the middle 26 teams as of this writing) makes predicting a loser each day no better than guessing.
  4. The contest rule allowing each team to be only picked once during the contest evens the playing field between knowledgeable and less knowledgeable players. No advantage to Gord, no matter how many issues of The Hockey News he reads.
  5. Random picks for days that you have missed making a pick for means you don’t lose your chance when you forget to make your picks.
  6. Scoring streaks and resets after incorrect predictions mean the standings can quickly change in a day and you are always in the hunt.
  7. It is a short 10 week, 30 day contest following the NHL All-Star game. Get into the NHL in the last half of the season, leading to the playoffs.
  8. It will be lots of fun. Get groups of people to sign up and play against each other.
  9. You could win valuable prizes. Beating Gord is it’s own reward.
  10. It costs about the same as a couple cups of coffee or theatre admission for one, but provides 10 times the entertainment value. That is something you can afford.

I encourage everyone to check out the full rules and sign up today. Don’t wait until the last minute. The first game day arrives Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

2 Responses to “Anyone Can Play the NHL Loser Challenge”

  1. Jim Says:

    Don’t pressure me. I’m still trying to think of a clever team name.

  2. Jon Says:

    Yeah, its tough. The Biggest Loser is already taken.

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